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intricacies of offering food to bhikkhus

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frank k
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intricacies of offering food to bhikkhus

Postby frank k » Wed May 29, 2013 6:02 pm

first question for a vinaya expert: in this burmese tradition I'm helping on a retreat, they said that we have to cut everything into bite size pieces because bhikkhus are not allowed to eat a sandwich for example in a way a normal person would, something about not being able to take a second bite? That they have to complete the eating of that portion in one bite? I don't understand that rule, but what that does for the cooking staff is that we cut sandwiches, fruit, into bite size pieces. What exactly does the vinaya say about this? I have a hard time believing this rule (as I heard it explained to me by a layperson) is true. I'm trying to imagine during the Buddha's time for example, a poor villager receives a knock on the door, he's not familiar with buddhist customs, and if he happens to offer a whole mango, unpeeled, uncut into pieces, bhikkhus wouldn't be able to eat it because of this rule? I seem to recall a Thai temple I visited where the laypeople ate from the table after the monastics had already gone through first, and if memory serves there were whole fruits in there (not peeled, not cut into pieces). So maybe this rule is a particular way interpreted differently by Burmese?
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Re: intricacies of offering food to bhikkhus

Postby cooran » Wed May 29, 2013 8:58 pm

Hello Frank,

This website may clarify the Vinaya with respect to Laypeople.

Whole fruit should be symbolically cut by the lay person during the offering, while saying: - 'kapiyam Bhante'

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... .html#alms

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Re: intricacies of offering food to bhikkhus

Postby reflection » Wed May 29, 2013 9:07 pm

I'm by no means an expert, but I don't think the bite size pieces is a vinaya rule. Monks may prefer it though.

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Re: intricacies of offering food to bhikkhus

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Wed May 29, 2013 9:11 pm

• • • • (Upasampadā: 24th June, 1979)

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Re: intricacies of offering food to bhikkhus

Postby frank k » Thu May 30, 2013 2:28 pm

Thank you Ven. Pesala, that answers my doubts comprehensively. Thanks to all for the comments!
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